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Sanral: WC road upgrades underway

Sanral is upgrading Western and Northern Cape roads in projects valued at R3,2 billion.

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CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) says it is busy with 32 road upgrade and maintenance projects in the Western and Northern Cape valued at R3,2 billion.

Sanral held a media briefing in Bellville today about current road maintenance and improvement tasks.

Sanral regional manager Kobus van der Walt says R3 billion of its budget has already been spent on road maintenance and upgrades in the two provinces.

Eighteen routine road maintenance projects are underway in the Western Cape, with one including the N7 highway near Melkbosstrand where the road is being upgraded into a dual carriageway at a cost of R300 million.

Van der Walt says despite service delivery protests which have hampered roadworks, the projects are on track.

Last week Sanral said it hoped the Western Cape High Court would rule in its favour in a case about the constitutionality of the law governing e-tolls.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle says R110 million has been spent on a more cost-effective transport network in George in the Southern Cape.

Carlisle, along with George Mayor Charles Standers, conducted a tour of the 'Go George' Integrated Transport Network on Tuesday.

Carlisle says the buses will start operating towards the end of April.

"The bus service will, in the main, be run by the people who used to run taxi and bus services.

"We estimate the system will do nine million trips a year."